Cavs defend homecoming with 25-6 win

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Zack Surratt’s TD on a kickoff return broke a 6-6 tie in the third quarter.

By Ben Bomberger, Reporter

HILLSVILLE -- Carroll County flexed its muscles down the stretch en route to a 25-6 nondistrict victory at Tommy Thompson Field Friday night over neighboring Grayson County. The Cavaliers (3-2) moved above the .500 mark for the first time this season, while the Blue Devils (0-5) extended their losing streak to 15 -- one that dates back to the 2007 playoffs. Carroll took the lead early in the first quarter after taking over on the Blue Devils’ 38-yard-line. The Cavaliers stuck with the ground game and ran directly at Grayson’s defense five straight times. Carroll runningback Dillon Caviness capped the drive off, punching the ball in from 3 yards out. The score was his first of three touchdowns on the night. The point after failed, and the Cavaliers took a 6-0 lead with 3:54 remaining in the first half. The remainder of the first half was scoreless, as both defenses continued their tough play on the season. Carroll managed to move into Grayson territory late in the first quarter, but a fumble by Zack Surratt stalled the drive just inside the Blue Devils’ 10-yard-line. The Cavaliers received the ball to start the second half, and quickly moved into Grayson territory. The drive would end, however, after a Blake Bowman pass was intercepted by the Blue Devils’ Omar Larreta. Larreta managed to return the ball into Carroll territory, and after a 10-yard holding penalty during the return, the Blue Devils took over on the Carroll 45-yard-line. Grayson went to work through the air and on the ground. Eight plays and 4:32 later, Larreta found the end zone from 4 yards out. The failed pass on the two-point conversion kept the score tied at 6-6 with 4:37 remaining in the third quarter. The Blue Devils weren’t able to celebrate long, however. On the ensuing kickoff, Surratt regained the lead for the final time on an 85-yard return for a touchdown. Surratt fielded the kick on his own 15-yard-line and headed for the right side of the field. A few solid blocks by the Carroll kick return team opened a gap along the sideline, and Surratt headed for the end zone untouched. The 85-yard return stretched the lead back to six points, with 4:22 remaining in the third quarter. Grayson’s offense struggled the rest of the night, and its defense eventually wore down against the powerful Carroll offense. On their next drive, the Cavaliers took over on their own 26-yard-line. Eleven straight runs by the Carroll offense yielded four first downs, 74 yards and another six points for the Cavaliers. The 11-play drive was capped off when Caviness broke free up the center of the field for a 25-yard touchdown. The failed point after kept the score at 18-6 with 7:43 left in the game. A three-and-out by the Blue Devils’ offense gave the Cavaliers the ball yet again on their own 45-yard-line with 5:34 left in the game. Carroll’s drive was kept alive by a roughing the kicker penalty by the Blue Devil defense on a fourth-and-8. The penalty moved the Cavaliers to the Grayson 33-yard-line, and Carroll needed only four more plays to put another six points on the board. Caviness once again broke through the center of the field, and crossed the goal line for the third time on the night, this time from 24 yards away. The point after was successful, and the Cavaliers stretched the lead to 25-6 with 1:36 left in the game. Grayson took over with 1:29 left in the game, and managed to move into Carroll territory before a fumbled snap gave the Cavaliers the ball with seconds left on the clock. Carroll needed only one play to run the final ticks off and take home a win on its homecoming. The Cavaliers managed 198 yards on the ground and 27 through the air, while Grayson had only 52 rushing and 111 passing. With the win, Carroll heads into a bye week looking to rest up before continuing Southwest District play at Abingdon on Oct. 9. The Blue Devils travel to Radford on Friday, playing their final game before entering Mountain Empire District play.   Grayson County  0  0  6    0––  6 Carroll County    6  0  6  13––25

First quarter CC–Caviness 2 run (kick failed) 3:54 Third quarter GC–Larreta 4 run (pass failed) 4:37 CC–Surratt 85 kickoff return (kick failed) 4:22 Fourth quarter CC–Caviness 25 run (Moreno kick) 7:43 CC–Caviness 24 run (Moreno kick) 1:36                                     GC    CC First downs               12    13 Rushes-yards       27-52    37-198 Yards passing          111    27 Comp-Att-Int    12-24-2    2-6-1 Return yards              89    102 Punts-average      5-39.0    2-48.0 Fumbles-lost             3-2    2-2 Penalties-yards        6-65    5-35   Individual statistics Rushing–Grayson County, Larreta 10-36, Watson 7-22, Perkins 1-6, Hash 9-(-12). Carroll County, Caviness 13-112, Surratt 12-42, Bowman 5-18, Huff 3-13, Moreno 4-13. Passing–Grayson County, Hash 12-24-2-111. Carroll County, Bowman 2-6-1-27.

Receiving–Grayson County, Thompson 4-52, Harvey 3-19, Watson 3-18, Larreta 1-12, Warren 1-10. Carroll County, Reavis 2-27.